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test. test. test. on the broadcast tonight, american jobs and encouraging news tonight about who's hiring, but a possible bump on the road to recovery. cabin pressure. some scary moments on an american airlines jet today. why passenger his to restrain a flight attendant just before takeoff. up all night. help for working parents at all hours. >> and what a doll. the enduring allure of an american icon and would seem to have it all. nbc "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >> from nbc world headquarters in new york this is nbc nightly news with brian williams. good evening and we don't get to say this very often, but the new employment numbers that came out today were better than
expected. u.s. employers added 227,000 jobs in february to complete three of the best months of hiring since the start of the recession. it means unemployment was unchanged, holdy steady now at 8.3%, deciphering what this means, whether this makes a trend is something else entirely. the big wild card, of course, continues to be what we're paying for gas because that affects everything else. we want to begin our reporting on this friday night with nbc's ann thompson. >> the encouraging trend is you powered by computer businesses across the country. manufacturers, 31,000. restaurants and bars, 41,000 and temporary help services, 45,000. >> hi, i'm will. >> enticing more americans to look for work. >> are american businesses becoming more confident? >> yes, that does seem to be happening, both businesses and consumers are expressing greater
optimism that some of the worst is behind us and this recovery is on stronger legs. >> adam lapsovich is very positive. >> i'm comfortable with spending money because we have the money coming in which is a nice thing. >> like almost half of small businesses, his video business saw growth in the past year. he bought furniture, hired contractors and two full-time workers. >> i still need more people. >> what are the potholes in the road to recovery? >> the biggest pothole we're focused on is rising gas prices. wages aren't very strong and so consumers can't bear the higher gas prices and they have to cut back on other things and that could lead to a slow patch in the economy. >> there's also the debt crisis in europe and other problems here at home. while job prospects are improving, the government reports 23.5 million americans are still out of work or underemployed.
>> hello. >> mallika morel, a 27-year-old mom went to a new york city job fairhoping to end her year and a half search for work. >> at first i was nervous, but i'm more optimistic because there are a variety of different employers here so i kind of have hope. >> regaining confidence is the american recovery gained some momentum. ann thompson, nbc news, new york. for some perspective on this, we are joined tonight by cnbc's kelly evans formerly of "the wall street journal." when will we know that a corner has been turned. there are signs that just the corner has been turned because it wasn't the headline numbers and the report that was encouraging and there were details that pointed to it as well including the fact that the people went into the labor force and that did push up the unemployment rate and we held at 8.3%. it's still high, but there ares. signs. >> we should check in this week on greece. a lot of guys in your line of work are watching it because of
the blowback it could have here and elsewhere. we have a significant event today. greece has defaulted on its debt. investors are getting 15% of the money they thought they'd be making by holding their bonds and this is closer to the beginning than the end of this process. what happened with greece is a road map with what could happen with portugal. the market has been pretty calm. it wasn't necessarily a day of panic by any stretch, but it also is a reminder that greece is in a tough spot. it can't pay its bills and its economy shrank 7.5% for youth, in the 50% range and so how it means going forward seems to be a hurdle that is almost impossible to clear. >> a lot of people call it unsustainable. kelly evans, thank you. big story today out of dallas. the seat belt light was on and they were taxiing and then the passengers onboard an american airlines flight from dfw to chicago heard something troubling and then blood
curdling and as we've seen before in the post-9/11 era, the passengers went into action themselves, but this time the onboard danger was a flight attendant who took over the p.a. and sounded as if she had taken leave of her senses. our report tonight from nbc's pete williams. >> reporter: not long after american airlines flight 2332 pulled back from the gate in dallas bound for chicago it was back with police waiting to take a flight attendant into custody and off to a local hospital. this passenger video shows crew members trying to subdue the flight attendant after she began a rant on the p.a. system as the plane taxied out. >> someone was talking about crashing and we don't want to take off and the pilot was still driving like he was going to get on the runway so people were nervous. >> reporter: she complained about the bankruptcy reorganization saying she'd lost a friend on 9/11 and said the plane could not takeoff because it didn't have enough ice. kevin riches he was among the
pass efrjers who helped the crew subdue her. >> there were four of us, five of us, including the flight attendants. we sat her back down in my seat because my seat was the closest seat. officials describe the woman as a veteran flight attendant and several passenger s said she complained that she hadn't taken her medication for a sdortder. >> their jobs are considered stressful, but they cannot be grounded for seeking mental health treatment. once a new crew was put on the plane it took off, landesing about two hours late. while there was never any danger it's an illustration passengers are no longer docile. >> passengers are far more willing to take matters into their own hands, but to be active and responding to events inside the airplane. >> one passenger said it's lucky that it didn't happen while the plane was in the air. the flight attendant is getting proper care.
pete williams, nbc news, washington. the fight so in the deep south with just four days until the next round of primaries in alabama and mississippi. while the stakes are high for the one candidate with real southern roots, today the front-runner was sure trying to sound as if he did. nbc's ron mott reports from mobile, alabama. >> i had to say it right. morning, y'all. >> reporter: mitt romney spoke in a native tongue in mississippi. >> i got the morning off with cheesy biscuits and grits. delicious. >> reporter: it was a bit of an away game, knocking president obama won him a hearty round of applause. if someone's looking for things that the president's done wrong it's a long, long, long list. this president has not succeeded and he's failed and that's the reason we're getting rid of him in 2012. >> reporter: yet for all of the effort to appeal to local, romney is still judged as the
outsider of the field. he's up against a southerner, newt gingrich and rick santorum who appears tailor made for the evangelical voting base. gingrich charging ahead went after the negative tone of the republican battle. >> i want to break out of all of the garbage that has become modern politics. i want to get back to talking about the things that have made america remarkable, not the negative ads. >> reporter: the former speaker's campaign can't position mississippi and alabama as possible last stands and now says again he's going all of the way to the convention. >> we can have a big win here tomorrow in kansas. what do you think? >> reporter: meantime, rick santorum stumping in kansas jabbed romney over recent comments about the delegate math. >> it would take an act of god for rick santorum. i don't know about him, but i believe in acts of god, number one. >> reporter: to reach the magic number of 1144, mitt romney
needs under half of all remaining delegates while rick santorum needs to reach two-thirds. ron mott, mob eel, alabama. rick santorum will talk exclusively on nbc's "meet the press" this sunday morning on this nbc station. overseas now, as you know, we've been working the anniversary of the devastating 1.0 earthquake and tsunami in northeast japan. thousands of lives were lost. nbc's ian williams was one of the first western correspondents to reach the scene of that disaster. he reported from there for several weeks thereafter. tonight he's returned to the region. he has this report on how some of the survivors are putting things back together. >> reporter: this was the terrifying moment all along the northeast coast of japan. almost 20,000 people died. a year later the scene is very different. a massive cleanup has
transformed the coast. the fishing town of osuchi was largely obliterated once the tsunami rolled in. today it looks almost serene. in place of the twisted wreckage, a barren wasteland. >> reporter: the remains of towns along the coast have been piled into vast mountains of trash. some of it toxic. 19 years' worth in the worst affected area. more than half a million buildings destroyed or damaged and still was no real plan for how to get rid of it, no blueprint for rebuilding. 2,000 of osuchi survivors still live in tiny, temporary homes and that's where we met takashi who lost everything in the tsunami. she may never get her wish to go home, but told me, i always try to be positive about what lies ahead. authorities here have pledged to build a giant new 50-foot high sea wall. that's more than twice the
height of the one tossed aside by the tsunami last year, but even that may not be enough to make this place liva believe again. further down the coast few towns were hit harder than minami where the water funneled up. debris has also been cleared here and for the first time since the disaster boats are back at sea farming seaweed, something this town was famous for. that's been made possible by new equipment, a project supported by the u.s. charity mercy corps which has created jobs for 200 people here. >> it's going to take a long, long time to really rebuild, but i think what we see now a year later is just a really resilient community that's coming back together again. >> there's no shortage of spirit here and that may be the most important asset as these devastated communities look to the future. ian williams, nbc news, minami,
japan. >> and about a story we've been covering for so many weeks, the suffering and slaughter going on in syria. sometimes, as you know, a single photo can tell a story best like this one by a photographer for the associated press on so many front pages across the country and around the world today. a haunting image of a young boy distraught at the funeral of his own father killed by a syrian army sniper, one of the 8,000 and counting dead from this horrible situation. an update on that phenomenon that's taken the web-watching world by storm. we told you about it last night. the youtube video called kony2012 exposing joseph kony and his terrorist group. it's now reportedly gotten 60 million views. also a lot of controversy, some questioning the accuracy of the story. we wanted to let you know that on monday night here on this broadcast we'll be on the ground
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to her 50 years ago or today. >> reporter: she's barbie and she debuted 53 years ago today at the international toy fair in new york city. ♪ ♪ >> a blond-haired american icon was born. ♪ my barbie doll >> reporter: the first non-baby doll mass marketed, the first doll to have adult features. >> it was kind of nice just to have a girl who could do anything. she could be a business woman. she could be a movie star. she could be anything. >> i played at my grandmother's house. >> even little girls all grown up remember. >> you still ooh and ahh. >> i still ooh and ahh because barbie is fashion. >> reporter: some of us have aged considerably and bash oat other hand, and you know where this is going, isn't getting any older, she's just getting better. she hasn't been without controversy, her bucks om figure and her wardrobe was sending the
wrong message to young girls. >> every type of toy in a child's life and i think barbie has a big place in every young girl's life. >> reporter: she's changed with the times from flight attendant barbatoe astronaut barbie, to surgeon barbie to rocker barbie, to firefighter barbie to marine corps sergeant barbie and hey, there's even a tv reporter barbie and then, of course, was there him. they were reunited in toy story 3. >> i'm ken. >> barbie, have we ever met -- >> i would have remembered. >> reporter: but today is barbie's big day. five decades and 800 million sold, barbie is still the "it" girl. kevin tibbles, nbc news, chicago. that is our broadcast for this friday night. thank you for being here with us. i'm brian williams. lester holt will be here with you tomorrow night and we hope it see you right back here on monday, and don't forget, daylight saving time this weekend. clocks move ahead an hour saturday night into sunday. have a good weekend. good night.